- Fill a pot with 3 inches of water, or just enough to submerge the silverware completely. Add 1 tbsp. salt and 1 tbsp. baking soda to the water. Put the pot on the stove at high heat and bring it to a boil.
- Drop a sheet of aluminum foil in the boiling water. The sheet must be close to the same size as the bottom of the pot.
- Lower the silverware into the boiling water with a pair of tongs. Each piece of silverware must come in contact with the aluminum foil or another piece of silver.
- Remove the pot from the heat and allow the silverware to soak for 10 minutes.
- Remove the silverware from the water and wash, rinse and dry them.
How to Boil Silverware
Real silverware often develops a tarnished surface after regular use. Since silverware comes in direct contact with the mouth, silver polishes are not recommended to return the silverware back to its original shine. A brief boiling session is a safe alternative to polishes and produces comparable results. A mixture of the proper items causes a chemical reaction that quickly brings the shine back to silverware. Even better, this technique requires very little manual work.